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Scandinavia's most visited museum, the home of Wasa, probably the most ambitious and greatest warship ever built in Sweden. The ship sank during its very short virgin voyage 1628.
On the 10th of August 1628, Vasa commences her maiden voyage but heels over and sinks in the middle of Stockholm harbour after sailing barely 1300 meters. on the 24th of April, 1961, Vasa returned to the surface. A piece of the 17th century was suddenly back among us.
After it was saved in 1961 this museum was built around it to build a museum for an extraordinary and surprisingly well preserved ship.
What made Vasa perhaps the most powerful warship in the world up to that time was her broadside, the combined weight of the shot that could be fired from one side of the ship, more than 300 kg in all. A truly fearsome machine of war!
64 bronze cannon.
The high stern allowed men with muskets to shoot down into the decks of a lower ship.
Vasa should be splendid, a hull built of more than a thousand oak trees with 64 cannon, masts over 50 meters high and hundreds of painted and gilded sculptures.
It took almost two years (1626-1627) to build Vasa. From dawn to dusk, carpenters, sawyers, smiths, ropelayers, sailmakers, painters, carvers, gun carriage makers and other specialists struggled to complete the navy’s great, new ship.
Over 450 men should have shared the space inside Vasa if she had sailed on. Crowding on the warship was extreme. Several men shared the space between each pair of cannon, where they would live, eat and sleep. The officers had somewhat better conditions. The great cabin was decorated with sculptures on the walls and they could sleep in fold-out beds instead of directly on the deck.
The Vasa Museum or Vasamuseet displaying the Swedish warship Vasa (or Wasa) that was built from 1626 to 1628.
Time stopped on Vasa at five o’clock in the afternoon on August 28th, 1628. When the ship was salvaged 333 years later, the crew’s seachests were still packed with provisions, clothing and personal mementoes.
Scandinavia's most visited museum, the home of Wasa, probably the mos ambitious and greatest warship ever built in Sweden. The ship sank during its very short virgin voyage 1628. After it was saved in 1961 this museum was built around it to build a museum for an extraordinary and surprisingly well preserved ship.